Mindfulness meditation lowers biomarkers of stress

Here is an interesting description of a study that showed that patients suffering from anxiety had “sharply reduced stress-hormone and inflammatory responses to a stressful situation after taking a mindfulness meditation course”. This was in comparison to patients taking place in a non-meditation stress management course. For the article in Medical Express click here.

Mindfulness is a group of techniques that have found their way into psychotherapy, including CBT, from Buddhism. Its aim is to train the mind to focus on external and internal experiences in the here and now. For the Wikipedia article, click here. Mindfulness was made popular by Jon Kabat-Zinn, among others. “Mindfulness” is a translation of the Pali term “sati”.

Parenting a Child with OCD

This article contains some tips on how to parent a Child with OCD. It does not go into the depths of OCD, but contains some advice to help parents feel more relaxed about the OCD of their children.

5 Tips on How to Parent a Child with OCD on PsychCentral(R)

Can An App Really Help Your Agoraphobia?

There are apps for almost anything it seems. Now, there is even one for agoraphobia. According to an article in the Huffington Post it includes the following:”

● Psychoeducation (learning about and understanding the condition),

● Reflection (reflecting on personal experience)

● Systematic desensitisation (gradually exposing one to their fear)

● Cognitive behavioural therapy (training yourself to stop automatic negative thoughts and changing the perspective in how you view certain things/fears)

It also includes learning relaxation techniques to gain control over the anxiety while you are facing your fears.”

Why you should NEVER drink to forget: Alcohol ‘makes bad memories stronger’

Scientists have found evidence that alcohol not only prevents you from forgetting bad memories but makes them stronger – by strengthening nerve cells connected to the brain’s fear response center.

Replacing this form of self-medication with short-term drug therapy and behavioral therapy is the only way to weaken – or even rewrite – bad memories.

But Dr Norman Haughey, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University, warns the longer you spend drowning your memories with liquor, the harder it will be to overwrite traumatic experiences.

Read the full article at the Daily Mail on http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4110856/Why-NEVER-drink-forget-Alcohol-makes-bad-memories-stronger.html